December 29, 2016 06:25 PM
New census estimates reveal that over the past six years, the Empire State had a net loss of about 847,000 people to other states. That's more of a domestic migration loss than any other state in the country, putting New York first in the census category.
Albany think tank the Empire Center alerted us to the numbers.
"It should raise concerns that people don't want to stay here. People aren't moving here. That's a reflection of the economy. That's a reflection of state policies," said Ken Girardin, Empire Center.
New York's total population has been stagnant compared to other fast growing states, sitting now around 20 million.
Stagnant, but steady because of foreign immigrants and new births from the people who stay here.
That's not enough to keep up with states like Florida, which passed us in 2014 to become the third biggest state.
In the past six years, The Sunshine State had a net gain of 866,000 people from other states.
"They don't want to shovel anymore, they don't want the cold, they just want warm weather," said Kellie Kieley of Gucciardo Real Estate Group.
Kieley says weather is the number one reason people want to move out of the state.
"I've been selling real estate for 10 years now. And I think every year I see more and more people who would like to move south," said Kieley.
Ken Girardin of the empire center has a list.
"They are high taxes, they are the regulatory climate, they are the tort climate, there are certainly more policies that Albany could change to make New York State more attractive."
In terms of total population, New York lost about 2,000 people. The first decrease in a decade.
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